Hygge, that delightful, wonderful, feel good, be happy secret that those wonderful Danes have shared with the world, continues to delight, fulfill and create calm wherever it goes.

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And Hygge Life is the Danish secret that I’m about to share with you. We’ve written extensively about How to Live Hygge.

But before you go check all that great info, I’ve searched out and curated 11 of the coziest, happiest, feel good hygge books there are — all about how to live hygge.

Perfect for you or maybe you want to gift some hygge love to someone on your list?

So make a cup of tea, grab your favourite blankie, and let’s begin.

What is the Hygge lifestyle?

 The hygge lifestyle is about enjoying the simple pleasures in life.  Having a coffee with friends while you’re doing laundry? That’s hygge. 

Taking a walk in the early morning and listening to the birdsong? That’s hygge too. My favorite ways to enjoy the hygge lifestyle (and in no particular order) are:

  •  gathering friends together for a potluck on a Saturday night
  • cuddling with my granddaughter and soaking up those delicious baby smells
  • stealing a quiet Sunday afternoon to enjoy a cup of tea and quiet time to read one of these amazing books!  

How is Hygge pronounced?

 I’ve come across a number of variations of how to pronounce Hygge – but the two most popular are hue-gah or hoo-ga.  


How do you do a Hygge night?


Looking for ways to enjoy hygge at night? There are so many lovely possibilities!  Think candles, warm wooly socks.  Or in summer a roaring campfire. 

Embracing hygge definitely  includes light with the main focus on candles, but hygge lights can be lamps as well.  In fact Meik Wiking devotes an entire chapter in his book to Light and includes tips on ‘How to create Hyggelig Lighting’

 Consult the lunar calendar to find out when the next full moon will arrive and plan to spend some time moon gazing.  




1. The Book of Hygge: The Danish Art of Contentment, Comfort, and Connection

While the author is part Danish, she focuses on the fact that you don’t need to be Danish to live a hygge lifestyle. A delightful book that talks about memory, mindfulness, living in the moment, and the many simple ways we can bring hygge into our lives in moments throughout the day.

2. The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living (The Happiness Institute Series)

This little book is my all time favorite! I don’t buy many hardcover books because we’ve chosen to live ‘small’, but this is definitely worth it.  The quote I use above is just the tip of the iceberg, and this is really a Hygge manifesto.  A perfect gift for yourself too! 

3. Hygge: Discovering The Danish Art Of Happiness – How To Live Cozily And Enjoy Life’s Simple Pleasures

I would have to say this is my second favorite book! The author brings a more philosophical view to Hygge, and how you can turn unpleasant situations (like being stuck in traffic) in hygge life experiences!  She also has an offer for an additional free book on Minimalism.  Now I have this book as a Kindle version, and because I have Kindle Unlimited, I get to read it for free! 

Kindle books are great when you don’t have alot of space, and as you may have read in other posts, Mark and I live ‘small’ so there isn’t alot of room for hardcover books.  (Although we do love them)

4.  Hygge & West Home: Design for a Cozy Life

A lovely picture book, by two interior designers and owners of Hygge & West. The focus is on their view of making your home hygge and cozy, and I must admit the photos make me want to go right out and buy a new set of sheets and lots of pillows.  A fun read to be sure. 

5. How to Hygge: The Nordic Secrets to a Happy Life

This book has a more holistic approach on how to hygge, and includes cozy and happy concepts from all of the Scandanavian countries . I especially love the chapters on how to set up a Nordic kitchen and the recipes section. Really hygge isn’t just about candles, cozy socks and a roaring fire.  It is just so much more.

6. American Cozy: Hygge-Inspired Ways to Create Comfort & Happiness

Written by an American with a Danish background, I love the way the author applies American coziness to living a Hygge life.  Ten chapters cover everything from entertaining, being calm, and how to cozy up your work life! 

7. The Cozy Life: Rediscover the Joy of the Simple Things Through the Danish Concept of Hygge

A very thorough and detailed read about how hygge can improve everything in life. The author applies hygge or hyggeligt to music, food, sleeping, exercise, and well-being. There is even a 30 day hygge challenge at the end. Thoughtfully written, and sweetly illustrated with hand drawn graphics, this cozy book would make a wonderful gift as an introduction to all things hygge. 

8. Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness

Full of lovely photos, brief interviews, and information about how to live a more hygge life.  I think this is more of a coffee table book, a high level intro to hygge. The author says she will show you “how be hygge” and does this with her striking photos that include the seasons, family gatherings, and the joy that can be found in living simply. A sweet book. 

9. Making Winter: A Hygge-Inspired Guide to Surviving the Winter Months 

As the title suggests this beautifully photographed book is all about how to survive winter with hygge.  Chapters include recipes, gardening, ideas for DIY crafts, and how to get through the grey winter days. I love the section on holidays & celebrations and of course candlelight is a perfect way to get some hygge into your life! 

10. The Hygge Holiday: The warmest, funniest, cosiest romantic comedy of the year

This delightful rom-com is the perfect companion to a hygge afternoon, curled up in front of a fireplace, or candles or both, a cozy drink to enjoy.  Let the winds and snow blow outside while you spend time with Clara and Joe and experience how hygge will impact their lives during the holidays. 

11. Hygge: The Danish Secrets of Happiness: How to be Happy and Healthy in Your Daily Life

A light read and perfect introduction to the concept of hygge, this book is like a hygge primer. Thoughtful graphics and photos, and lots of detail including hygge clothing, hygge for all seasons, and a section on the principles of Hygge.  This book would be a great gift for someone you want to share some hygge love with! 

Thanks so much for spending time with me today and I hope you enjoyed this awesome collection of books about how to live a hygge life. If you didn’t have time to read through them all, be sure to pin it for later, email the post to yourself, or your best friend! xo